Following on from the success of the Sun Fast 3200, this French yard, nowadays more famous for its cruising and power vessels has come up with a competitor for the JPK 10.80 and the Archambault A35. Rupert Holmes takes a look aboard in this Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600 video shot at the 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show.

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The cockpit is wide and open with all the sail controls easily within reach of either of the twin helm positions. Designed with short-handed offshore racing teams in mind, stability is impressive, thanks to the high ballast ratio and the pronounced chine along the hull. This enables plenty of sail area to be carried and reduces the need to constantly trim or change the sails for every adjustment in the wind strength.

Twin tillers and the full-width mainsheet traveller sunk into the cockpit floor certainly mark this yacht out as something different, when you compare her with most of the cruising vessels on display at boat shows. However, twin wheels can also be fitted and so can a German mainsheet system for fully crewed versions of the 3600.


Written by: Rupert Holmes
Rupert Holmes has more than 70,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing experience, in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. He writes about all aspects of boat ownership and marine travel, including destinations, seamanship and maintenance, as well as undertaking regular new boat and gear tests. He currently sails around 5,000 miles per year and in the past couple of seasons has cruised from the UK to the Azores, as well as winning his class in the 2014 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race. He also owns two yachts, one based in the Mediterranean and the other in the UK.